Gross to Padres?

23 02 2008

Tim Dierkes from MLB Trade Rumors mentions a trade rumor that I have heard nothing of this off-season.  He speculates that the Padres may offer a trade for Gabe Gross to fill their corner outfielder spot, especially since Matt Murton seems to be out of the picture.

Dierkes argues that Milwaukee has a surplus in the outfield, so this trade could make a certain amount of sense for the Crew.  I personally do not see this trade happening because Gross is one of the main candidates to man center field while Mike Cameron is unavailable.  That is, unless San Diego decides to get very generous with their trade package.

Gabe hit .235/.329/.437 for the Brewers last season, with 7 HR and 24 RBI in 183 at-bats.  These pedestrian numbers do not reflect how well Gabe played down the stretch last season, however.  He has shown that with regular playing time, he has the ability to get the job done. 

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